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Early Humans Characteristics

This uses early humans characteristics research from graph.
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Ally Bannon

on 17 May 2011

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Early Humans By: Ally B. In Eastern Africa, about 4.4 million years ago an Ardipithecus lived. She was nicknamed Ardi by scientists that study him. Much smaller than us, her kind averaged about 110 pounds and about 4 feet tall. Her brain size is not known though. In the woodlands and grasslands of Eastern Africa, there were many different ways for her to make a living. Of course, that is exactly what she did. A lot of tools we use now, have metal, right? Well, Ardi used sticks and stones for her tools, and she didn’t make any of them. Her kind had not discovered fire yet either. There is no evidence of ceremonies from her time. Also, there wasn’t even evidence of her kind speaking in any way! Is that not crazy? I don’t know how they did it. The Ardipithecus Ramidus kind ate berries, nuts, and insects. They didn’t wear clothes because they were covered in hair. Our time is very different than theirs. Ardipithecus Tools and fire are two things that are used a lot in this time. Some early humans have also used these things, and others had not discovered them yet. The Australopithecus Afarensis used sticks and stones. They were one of the early human species that didn’t make their own tools and hadn’t discovered fire yet. The Homo Habilis progressed and they made stone tools and used branches instead of sticks. Like the Australopithecus, they had not discovered fire either. The Neanderthal also made tools and fire. The Cro-Magnon was the most advanced species until we came along. They made tools and fire. They also altered old tools to help with hunting. Tools advanced very much over the years. Tools & Fire There is a big age difference between humans, and early humans. The Australopithecus species lived over 3.5 million years ago in Hadar, Ethiopia in Africa. The Homo Habilis nicknamed “Handy Man” because they were the first to make their own tools, lived 2.4 – 1.4 million years ago in Eastern and Southern Africa. 100,000 – 40000 years ago in Europe and southwest to central Asia lived the Neanderthal. The (almost) “Modern Man” lived from 40,000 years ago to modern day. Cro-Magnon occupied every continent but Antarctica. Humans have, now, figured out ways to live in Antarctica. Time Lived on Earth and Location on Earth • We have a lot of different characteristics in every different human. The “Southern Ape”, averaged about 3.5 feet tall and weighed around 60 to 65 pounds for a full-grown Australopithecus. Their brain size is unknown, though. The Homo Habilis, or Handy Man, averaged the height of about 3 to 4 feet and weighed around 70 pounds for “grown-ups” of this kind. This species, however, had a known brain size and it was about 40 to 49 cubic inches. The Cave man, was about 5 feet to 5 and a half feet tall and averaged a weight about 120 pounds for a grown Neanderthal. Their brain size was equal to the modern humans (us). The Cro-Magnon species has the same height, weight, and brain size as us. I guess that is why they are nicknamed the “Modern Man”. We have a lot of different characteristics in every different human. The “Southern Ape”, averaged about 3.5 feet tall and weighed around 60 to 65 pounds for a full-grown Australopithecus. Their brain size is unknown, though. The Homo Habilis, or Handy Man, averaged the height of about 3 to 4 feet and weighed around 70 pounds for “grown-ups” of this kind. This species, however, had a known brain size and it was about 40 to 49 cubic inches. The Cave man, was about 5 feet to 5 and a half feet tall and averaged a weight about 120 pounds for a grown Neanderthal. Their brain size was equal to the modern humans (us). The Cro-Magnon species has the same height, weight, and brain size as us. I guess that is why they are nicknamed the “Modern Man”. Physical Charactistics Us humans, spread across the world and live in different places and climates. Some Early Humans did and some didn’t. A couple of Early Humans lived in woodlands and grasslands, like the Australopithecus, and the Homo Habilis species. There is no evidence of where the “Cave Men” lived. Cro-Magnon lived in every continent except for Antarctica. Shelter Not a lot of Early Humans had ceremonies, unlike us. There was no evidence of the Australopithecus and the Homo Habilis having any type of ceremony. Neanderthal had a primitive form of religion and celebrated burial ceremonies. “Modern Man” celebrated ceremonies such as burial ceremonies, dances, man hood, cave paintings, and stories. They told stories just like we do now. Ceremonies Since all humans are either learning, or know how to speak, we think it would be impossible to live in a non-talking world, but some of these early humans lived great lives without speaking. Australopithecus Afarensis did not speak, but they possibly used gestures. The “Handy Men” didn’t speak either, but by then they most likely used gestures and sound. During the Neanderthals time, they had limited ability to create speech due to their larynx positioning. Of course, just like us, again, the Cro-Magnon produced clear speech. These species are mostly very different than us. Speaking Food is very important to every living creature. We have a very big surplus of food and many new and different ways to cook them. Some Early Humans did not. “Southern Apes” ate bugs and eggs, usually ones from bird nests. Homo Habilis ate meat, eggs, and plants. “Cave Men” ate meat. The Cro-Magnon species ate wooly mammoths, saber tooth tigers, ice age animals, plants, fish, shellfish, and eggs. Now of days, we have a much bigger variety of food. Food Clothes are something that we naturally wear. Some Early Humans didn’t wear them, or didn’t need to. The Australopithecus species didn’t need to because they were covered in hair. There was no evidence of “Handy Men” ever wearing clothes. Neanderthal had full body clothing that was made from animal fur and hides. “Modern Men” had warm clothing due to the cold of the ending ice age. That is how we eventually got all of our clothes and winter coats, hats, and gloves. Clothing Homo Erectus lived 1.5 million to 250,000 years ago in Africa, Europe, China, and the Indonesian island of Java. He was nicknamed the “Upright Man” because they were the first species to walk upright on two feet. Their species averaged a height of around 4 to 6 feet tall and a weight of about 88 to 140 pounds. Their brain size was probably about 54 to 67 cubic inches. They, just like the Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, and the Homo Habilis, lived in grasslands and woodlands. The “Upright Men” made their tools and their fire. There is no evidence of them having any type of a ceremony. Homo Erectus was the first species to actually be able to speak. They grunted sounds and combined simple words with gestures. “Upright Men” ate meat, plants, shellfish, fish, eggs, and nuts. There is no evidence of the Homo Erectus species wearing clothes. Homo Erectus Other The Cro-Magnon species didn’t put anything to waste.
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